Over the past 10 years, cybersecurity has quickly become the hottest and fastest-growing sector in the world. The pace of growth has created a demand for talent that has far surpassed the supply readily available for companies to hire. There are currently 650,000+ unfilled cybersecurity roles in the United States. These roles represent high-paying careers with tremendous upward mobility and incredible wealth accumulation opportunities for individuals trained in cybersecurity skills.

CyberUp is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded outside the gates of Scott Air Force Base in 2015 by a group of visionary leaders who saw the need to grow the cybersecurity workforce in St. Louis and beyond. CyberUp is committed to creating free, accessible, and inclusive pathways to high-paying cybersecurity skill paths and careers for youth and adults. Our PowerUp program for youth is designed to educate and inspire students to see cybersecurity as a viable career choice and point them to the best skill path to get there. Our LevelUp Training and Apprenticeship programs recruit, train, and place adults into paid registered apprenticeships.

CyberUp is proudly a Department of Labor Apprenticeship Ambassador. We are also an active partner for the Employment Navigator & Partnership Pilot (ENPP) and Department of Defense SkillBridge Provider. Our efforts ensure that the country will have the cybersecurity talent to protect our networks today and tomorrow.


Core Values

 At CyberUp, our dedication to shaping the future of cybersecurity professionals is steadfast. Through our comprehensive workforce development approach, our core values act as the guiding compass that directs our efforts and informs our approach.
  • People-Centric is a guiding principle that influences every decision we make. We are dedicated to creating an environment where individuals feel supported, included, and empowered to collaborate, innovate, and achieve their fullest potential. Together, we are building a brighter future that benefits everyone involved.
  • Innovation requires a combination of creativity and adaptability – the ability to think outside the box, pivot when necessary, and be open to new ideas and approaches. With these qualities, we can push boundaries, create transformative solutions, and shape the future of our industry.
  • Authenticity is the cornerstone of our identity. We are transparent in our actions, sincere in our intentions, and committed to doing the right thing. By embodying these principles, we create a strong foundation for success, foster meaningful connections, and make a positive impact on the world around us.
 Our workforce development approach begins as early as Kindergarten with cybersecurity education to ignite the passion in the next generation of cyber professionals. Our aim is to ignite a genuine passion within the next generation of cyber professionals, equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect our digital landscape.  However, our aspirations go beyond technical proficiency. We are committed to transforming the cybersecurity industry into a better reflection of the world we live in. Our dedication to inclusivity drives us to create an environment that welcomes individuals from all walks of life. By fostering collaboration and embracing unique perspectives, we believe we can unleash the collective brilliance of a diverse workforce.